Dell announced today that it was going to start selling the U3415W, a 34-inch "ultra-wide" 21:9 curved IPS monitor, on its website tomorrow. We first heard about this hot item at PAX last year, but they weren't talking about availability at the time. It has a resolution of 3440 x 1440, giving you more than twice the pixels of a 1080p monitor, and its 34-inch screen translates to a pixel-per-inch count of about 110. Dell says that the U3415W's inward curve "optimizes the field of view and minimizes eye movement to deliver a more comfortable viewing experience than a flat screen," which we're a little skeptical about.
We don't know if it's something in Germany's water supply or what, but ultra-wide 21:9 cinematic displays seem to be a popular thing to showcase in recent days. To wit, Toshiba's been showing off its stretched out Satellite U845W at IFA in Berlin, which is getting a Windows 8 makeover in October, and LG unveiled a pair of monitors, one of which also employs a 21:9 aspect ratio.
For whatever reason, Ultrabook makers have been infatuated with 1,366x768 and 1,600x900 screen resolutions, rarely experimenting with anything higher, regardless of display size. That isn't true of Toshiba, which earlier this month launched its Satellite U845W, purportedly the world's first laptop to play with an ultra-wide 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio (1,792x768). Come October 26, the U845W will get a Windows 8 makeover, Toshiba announced today.
Vizio will take a step towards ditching its reputation as strictly a value driven brand when it launches its upcoming CinemaWide 58-inch HDTV with Theater 3D technology next month. It's due in stores just in time for the NCAA's March Madness college basketball tournament and will set shoppers back a cool $3,500, about three times more expensive than some regular 55-inch HDTVs on the market.